Yesterday we met up at Alpenrose Velodrome and tee’d off what’s about to be an amazing weekend for fixies of all shapes and sizes. Shout out to BONE MACHINE CRIT for orchestrating the good times and giving us a reason to get the band together here in Portland. It’s been 2 years since the last crit that they hosted here in town and we’re glad they decided to bring it back this year.
Here are a bunch of images from the couple hours we spent hanging out and spinning out on one of the steepest Velodromes on the West Coast. The corners are said to be roughly 42-44 degrees making it nearly impossible to stand on and even more fun to ride. Check out 32 more photos below and come kick it with us this weekend if you’re anywhere near the Portland area. It’s gunna be a blast.
Starting things off with a bang. It’s finally feeling like Summer here in the Pacific North West and people in Portland are beginning to come out of hibernation. I met up with a bunch of the dudes at the Chrome Industries PDX HUB and went for a chill ride on the East side of town. After riding to Sellwood and back we came across and spent some time riding this fun little kicker. Dig through the post and check out photos of everyone catching some righteous hangtime.
Fast Forward to later that night. I’m riding home, throw a skid, and tabletop it straight to my left side. I bounced back up, hopped on my bike and immediately knew something was wrong. I made it the rest of the way home, went to the doctor the next day and discovered I broke my clavicle. After a week and a half of doing nothing I made my way to the operating table where they set me up with a sweet new metal plate with a few screws (see photo at the bottom of this post). It’s been almost two weeks since surgery and nearly a month since the initial accident, but things are finally starting to look up. I hope to be back on my bike in the next couple weeks and look forward to rolling with the pack again. Until then enjoy these and many posts to come while I get back up to speed.
We don’t usually post much about skating here at Wheel Talk, but with “GO SKATE DAY” being an international holiday, we figured we’d make an exception. CCS & NikeSB teamed up and brought the skateboarding community together to reek havoc on the trunk of a pearly white Cadillac DeVille. Tail lights were bashed, the trunk was destroyed and in the end BING won the car. Best of luck with that. Haha. Shout out to CCS & NikeSB for showing up and delivering not just the good times, but pizza too. Check out more photos below and we’ll catch you at Go Skate Day next year.
Last week I got a phone call from BlocBoi Fame saying that he’s got a bike coming out from Throne Cycles called “The Goon”. It’s been amazing to see the fixed gear wheelie boy scene take off in Southern California. BlocBoi has played a huge part in organizing the community down there and hosting rides for all the Fixie Goons down there. Can’t wait to see what those dudes do next. Scroll down to read what Throne Cycles had to say about the collaboration and check out more photos below.
“We joined BlocBoi, Wooda, and Deezy and took out all 3 builds to our favorite local spots around LA to put these bike up to the test and they did not disappoint. From local trails in Elysian Park and busting wheelies at the black top we definitely took in the views. We headed to Downtown LA afterwards to cruised some of the busiest intersections while shredding the new Goon bike. Don’t miss out on this exclusive release and Pre-Order your bike today here and check out the full video of our takeover! #TheGoonTakeover”
It’s four-twenty in San Francisco, and you know what that means. Bikes & buds. We got the gang together and rode around earlier in the day before heading to Union Square for the start of the 3rd Annual 420 Alley Cat. With Mission Crit right around the corner, the turn out for unsanctioned good time was insane. I only rode to half the race before throwing in the towel and taking a load off at the final checkpoint. Joints were being thrown, beers were being slammed and friendly rivalries met their match as people began to trickle into the after party. Shout out to everyone who helped throw this eventful weekend, and to Crihs Thormann for making it even more memorable.
I had a ton of fun piecing this one together, and am stoked to spend more time shooting with this GoPro we just added to our camera arsenal. Keep your eyes peeled for more fun follow footage in the near future.
Yesterday, SLAM DUNK ERNIE & I linked up with some of the boys (Christian, Gavin, Avery & Hayato) in downtown Portland and rode to the Eastside in search of stoke and a place to park it. We ended up riding through the industrial area and underneath the bridge before making our way to Laurelhurst Park to ride the dirt step up. These are some of the first few images I’ve shot and edited from the Sony A7III I just picked up. I’m really hyped to have a new digital camera to play with after shooting on the same setup for the last 8 years. Scroll down and check out more photos below.
Things have been heating up here in Portland, and it seems like the entire city is waking up from hibernation. Ramon Antonio, SLAM DUNK ERNIE & I hit the town and shot some clips on this GoPro I just picked up. This is the first cut I’ve made with it and am looking forward to having a new camera to play with. This is the first time I’ve ever done a foot jam tailwhip on a fixed gear. Not to say that I had this trick down on other bikes, I just remember trying this trick as a kid and never being able to stick it.
With everyone in town for Mission Crit and it being the day after 420, we decided to get the gang together and have a chill session in The Sunset. We warmed up at the skatepark on 42nd Ave (Watch that video HERE) then packed up the van and headed to SF State for the rest of the afternoon. Jimmy ripped his shirt off his body, Deacon live streamed everything on snapchat and we hung out with a scooter kid for once. This plus much more in this one day video, stop reading and just hit play.
It’s all about the details and MASH fully delivered on that front. Their new Steel SS Framesets are custom crafted from head to toe and are intricate works of art in their own right. I really appreciate that both colorways they offer are grayscale and subtly branded. They’re both amazing and have so much attention to detail. All the finishes on this bike are really on point, and made it really easy to put together. Head over to their webstore and check out more.
Chrome Industries just dropped this video I shot of Johnathan Ball when we were in LA recently. What was only supposed to be a photoshoot turned into JBall & I stacking clips on the side for fun. We then later took that footage and turned it into this promo video for the newly designed Dima 2.0. It’s tight that these shoes are made with the rider in mind and have a built in Propulsion Shank (Learn More) to better distribute the impact from landing and keep your foot from painfully flexing over the pedal. I used to wear Chrome shoes religiously solely because of this feature. Check out more of their bike shoes HERE.